Nancy R wrote: But, he DID record the album on his property. Okay, he had to drive 20 minutes to get there and he had 2 guys engineer it who he said were socially distanced and hopefully wore masks. He probably had the means to have them all tested every so often for Covid. They probably jumped at the chance to work with him, regardless of the virus! I don't blame him for wanting to "work" during lockdown. Would the government actually fine him for making an album during lockdown in his own home studio?
Without 'spitting hares' I would argue very strongly that Hog Hill isn't his home studio. Its his privately owned studio but he doesn't live there, so its not 'home'. Lots of people have a business located a few miles from where they reside, but they were told to and they complied with the government instruction to stay at home, unless their work was essential. Recording music isn't essential, and studios such as Abbey Road for example closed their doors. Paul was clearly commuting to and from his place of work which he shouldn't have been doing.
The two engineers/staff who left their homes to work with Paul should not have done so either. Whether they 'jumped at the chance' to work with Paul is irrelevant, it wasn't their decision to make. They were told to stay at home unless their work was essential (which clearly it wasn't) and so,like Paul, decided to flout the rules for their own personal gain, while millions of others did comply with the rules at great personal cost. Covid-19 has been increasing again in the UK in recent months and its the irresponsible attitude of people like Paul & Co who are causing the increase. They obviously accepted the risk and presumably ,they got away with it,and no harm was done (and we have got a new album out of it). But someone like Paul McCartney I feel should lead by example, and not simply flout the rules because he thinks he's untouchable.
Paul has said that they did take precautions in the studio to maintain a distance from each other but how lax that beame after a few weeks is anyones guess. I somehow doubt Paul did have regular covid tests done even though that was the sensible thing to do. Although not as sensible as to not be at the studio in the first place of course.
I don't know about the government themselves fining him, but I think if the local police had pulled Paul over and asked him where he was going,they would have politely asked him to turn round and go home. And if he had persistantly ignored their advice then he would have been up for a fine.
I find it interesting that none of the interviews have so far raised the points that I've made above? Maybe they've been warned off in advance from asking such questions just as they are warned off from asking Paul about the state of his vocals?